Senator Cornyn Pushes for ANWR Drilling

Concerned about rising oil and gas prices, area civic and business leaders gathered downtown for an energy summit. There they heard Senator John Cornyn give his take on the problem and what Congress is doing to solve it.
When it comes to oil and gas it's not what Congress is doing that worries Senator Cornyn, it's what lawmakers aren't doing. He's talking about Congress's refusal to allow oil exploration in the Alaskan wildlife refuge where it's estimated as much as three million barrels a day could be produced.

"Well that's one thing when the price of oil was around 7-dollars a barrel which is what it was when these moratoria were passed, banning production in the outer continental shelf and elsewhere, but now the price of oil is 127 dollars a barrel and I think it's time to rethink that."

The Senator says other solutions include things like driving so called hybrid cars, and also building more oil refineries.

"Simply because of regulations and obstacles that Congress has put in the way, we haven't built any new refineries. Some people said well, it will take a long time for this to come online, and I said well, if we had done it back when it was first proposed they'd already be online."

Senator Cornyn believes things may not change much until the American public and Congress finally says enough already.

Bill Stamps. KUHF- Houston Public Radio News.